Cruising RPM - pushing too hard?


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Jetfighter3
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Cruising RPM - pushing too hard?

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Hi, I have a 93 Aspen . For about 2 years now. I guess I kinda babied it because of the age of the bike . It had 64000 miles on it when I got it and I mainly use it to commute to work (38 ) miles each way. So I'm so used to my honda car running at lower RPM 's, when I approach 2500-3000 rpms on my Aspen I'm thinking I'm pushing the bike? I know bikes typically run higher rpms than cars do but at the same time I'm thinking the Aspen has basically a small car engine in it. What are your thoughts on what is a safe RPM level for the GL1500's?



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Re: Full throttle performance

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Jetfighter3 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:21 am
Hi, I have a 93 Aspen . For about 2 years now. I guess I kinda babied it because of the age of the bike . It had 64000 miles on it when I got it and I mainly use it to commute to work (38 ) miles each way. So I'm so used to my honda car running at lower RPM 's, when I approach 2500-3000 rpms on my Aspen I'm thinking I'm pushing the bike? I know bikes typically run higher rpms than cars do but at the same time I'm thinking the Aspen has basically a small car engine in it. What are your thoughts on what is a safe RPM level for the GL1500's?
For starts ..... Next time start a new topic as your question is off topic of this thread and puts some confusion into the mix changing subject...on an old thread. Better to start a new topic yourself. Plus others will only reply to the original post without looking at the date or reading through all the replies before posting a reply.

As to your question the goldwing will go all day long riding at higher RPMs. It will cruise at 90mph all day, 4,500-7,000 is fine.

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Re: Full throttle performance

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4000-7000 is cruising RPM for a 4 cyl 'Wing, the 6 cyl redline is 5500 and a rev limiter kicks in at around 6000. But it's happy to run all day at 5000. Don't think you'd want to do that though, fuel economy suffers over 3000 RPM.
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Re: Full throttle performance

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Sorry for the confusion. Thank you for the information.



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